Board of Fish Appointee

Governor Walker appointed Robert Mumford to the Board of Fish today. Robert will hold the seat for the next year and then it will be up to legislation to choose to confirm him. He is a retired fish and wildlife trooper and commercial pilot.

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EAST YAKUTAT SECTION DIRECTED LINGCOD FISHERY CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT

Sitka... The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announced today the directed fishery for lingcod will close in the entire East Yakutat (EYKT) Section, including the Fairweather Grounds, at 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 18, 2015. The 2015 directed lingcod fishery guideline harvest level (GHL) for the EYKT Section is 111,000 round pounds. The department estimates that the 12 vessels participating in the fishery will take the GHL by the time of the closure. The directed lingcod fishery remains open in the Icy Bay Subdistrict (IBS), Northern Southeast Outside (NSEO) Section, Central Southeast Outside (CSEO) Section, and the Southern Southeast Outer Coast (SSEOC) Sector. Lingcod catch will be closely monitored and fishermen should expect additional area closures on short notice. Read more...
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Happy Mayfest

Scientists have found the first known warm blooded fish. Opah or Moonsfish have body temperatures 5 degrees celcius warmer than their environment. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-warm-blooded-fish-20150514-story.html Scientists at Oregon State University found that Zebrafish produce a chemical that protects against UV radiaton. There is hope that this finding could lead to an ingestable pill form of sunscreen for humans. Scientists are woking with yeast to create the same chemical. http://zeenews.india.com/news/science/fish-generated-sunscreen-pill-to-protect-humans-study_1594300.html Read more...
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Important Dates

Tomorrow, Wednesday, May 13 at 7:00pm in the Petersburg Assembly Chambers the USCG is presenting some upcoming changes.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 Dockside exams become mandatory for all fishing vessels operating beyond 3nm.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 DSC enabled VHF will be required for all fishing vessels and small passenger vessels. Alaska will be exempt at this date, but may have the requirement sometime in the future. Alaska has a few DSC enabled locations already for emergency calling.

Friday, February 26, 2016 survival crafts that hold passengers out of the water will be mandatory for all fishing vessels operating beyond 3 nm.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 commercial fishing vessels over 65’ length overall will be required to carry AIS.

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SOUTHEAST ALASKA SPRING TROLL FISHERY ANNOUNCEMENT

Sitka. . . The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today the following information concerning the commercial spring troll fishery: The Terminal Harvest Areas (THA) listed below opened at 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 1, 2015 and will remain open until further notice: Neets Bay THA (101-95) Anita Bay THA (107-35) Port Armstrong THA (109-11) Hidden Falls THA (112-22) The spring troll areas listed below will open at 12:01 a.m. of the opening date and close at 11:59 p.m. of the closing date. Openings may be extended if the Alaska hatchery contributions are high. SCHEDULE OF INITIAL TROLL OPENINGS: Ketchikan area: West Rock (101-21)                        May 13-15 Ketchikan (101-29)                         May 8-14 Mountain Point (101-45)               Read more...
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2015 Southeast Gillnet Management Plan

The 2015 Southeast Gillnet Management Plan is out, it details the management strategies. However, these are subject to change in season. Here are some summaries: There will be full retention of all salmon harvested in Deep Inlet. Mesh restriction will be 6 inch minimum prior to June 21. From June 1-20 gillnet is scheduled for Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. From June 21 to July 25 gillnet is scheduled for Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. From July 26-October 3 gillnet is scheduled for Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. King Salmon will be managed in season to avoid exceeding the 2.9% gillnet allocation of the Treaty harvest ceiling. This could include closing night fishing in some districts. Chilkat Inlet will be closed for the first two weeks of the season. Tree Read more...
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SOUTHERN SOUTHEAST INTERNAL WATERS SECTOR LINGCOD LONGLINE BYCATCH CLOSURE ANNOUNCEMENT

Sitka... The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announced today that retention of lingcod bycatch in commercial longline fisheries will close in the entire Southern Southeast Internal Waters (SSEIW) Sector at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2015. The 2015 lingcod guideline harvest level (GHL) for SSEIW longline fisheries is 2,080 round pounds. To date, 2,076 round pounds have been landed from this area. The lingcod bycatch season remains open for longline fisheries (excluding sablefish) of the Eastern Gulf of Alaska Area in the Icy Bay Subdistrict (IBS), East Yakutat (EYKT) Section, Northern Southeast Outside (NSEO) Section, Central Southeast Outside (CSEO) Section and Southern Southeast Outer Coast (SSEOC) Sector. Lingcod harvest will be closely monitored and fishermen Read more...
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